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Old 01-14-2015, 09:50 AM   #57
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You can buy an adapter to go from your Valtarra hose to your Thetford outlet.

Can be found at RV supply stores for less than 10 bucks.
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Old 01-14-2015, 09:54 AM   #58
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A brand new EGR valve as fitted late yesterday (arrived via UPS but was not collected from Eugene Airport until early afternoon). This blew any possibility of making Redding by nightfall. However, great news, the old 454 is purrin along. While the EGR valve was jamed shut, the base mount was cracked wide open allowing buckets of air to be sucked in! Made It to Grants Pass, Oregon by 7.30pm after climing some serious 7% mountians although the temp climbed from 200 (normal cruising temp?) to over 220 at the crests which was a little scary to say the least. The high engine temp continues to concern me particularly if I get stuck in traffic.
Today on to Sacramento.
Ran into a "fun" problem when I went to dump the holding tanks. My brand new dump hose would not fit the Airstream/Thetford outlet nozzle! Fortunately only grey water was involved so I was able to dump directly into the site catch-pan. Unfortunalely I've already thrown away the old hose so am stuck with limited "on-board" waste facilities. Is there a special Thetford dump hose for the 1991 motor home...or maybe an adaptor to change down to the smaller hose connector. OK sun is up over Grants Pass to time to get going
Chris

correcting that vacuum leak will defiantly make the old beast run better.
It is normal for an engine to build up temperature when climbing a long grade and the antifreeze -coolant boils at a much higher temperature and even more so when under pressure .
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:42 AM   #59
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Despite hearing about your problems, I am really regretting not flying down and driving my Argosy back home now - I think I missed one of life's experiences, even if I would have using it as an aluminum tent. Hopefully the worst is past you, and you will make it to your 'over wintering' spot without further incident....that can wait for when you try and 'start'er up' come the spring.
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:48 AM   #60
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When you get her home and you come to the rally, remind me to tell you the story of how I brought my 280 from Wisconsin to San Antonio.
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Old 01-14-2015, 11:08 AM   #61
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Per my 310 owner's manual, those operating temperatures are normal. Mine have always been about the same. Had the radiator recored as PM, mechanic there was very little crud in it and nothing much changed.
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Old 01-14-2015, 01:57 PM   #62
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Glad to hear that you are back on the road Chris. Those temps seem about normal. It's hard to get used to seeing the temp gage up around 200 degrees while just cruising on the flats, but it is what it is. 220 does seem a little high even climbing in winter temps. But if it didn't boil over on you then its something to put on the list for later.
Check for an RV store along your route to pick up the adapter for the stinky slinky.

Does the engine seem to have the same power as before the break down?
Sounds like the challenging mountain climbing is about done for this trip. Hope you can start to relaxe from the earlier troubles and get into enjoying the rest of your first voyage with your new coach

I headed out right after getting my 345 from Fla. Heading for AZ.
And can remember feeling quite over my head with the complexe systems of the motorhome. Now its all starting to feel familure and manageable.

I did enjoy a stop over in Austin, and a very friendly visit with Peter Airstreamer and his talented artist wife there. This is why I was able to recommend his help to you as your trip got under way. A number of others here also extended their numbers and offers to help on my trip too. This is one of the enjoyable and helpful aspects of classic airstream ownership.

Chris you seem to be getting right into the grove with your new coach ( finding and over coming its issues) and finding a home for yourself here with our little family. Good luck with the rest of your trip.

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Old 01-14-2015, 05:59 PM   #63
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You probably already know this, but anyhow: the way you drive a hill can affect how hot the engine gets. If I just keep my foot in it going up a mountain, the motor will get hotter faster. If I go slower, drop down to a lower gear and am able to let off on the throttle a bit, it will run cooler.
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Old 01-14-2015, 09:41 PM   #64
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A brand new EGR valve as fitted late yesterday (arrived via UPS but was not collected from Eugene Airport until early afternoon). This blew any possibility of making Redding by nightfall. However, great news, the old 454 is purrin along. While the EGR valve was jamed shut, the base mount was cracked wide open allowing buckets of air to be sucked in! Made It to Grants Pass, Oregon by 7.30pm after climing some serious 7% mountians although the temp climbed from 200 (normal cruising temp?) to over 220 at the crests which was a little scary to say the least. The high engine temp continues to concern me particularly if I get stuck in traffic.
Today on to Sacramento.
Ran into a "fun" problem when I went to dump the holding tanks. My brand new dump hose would not fit the Airstream/Thetford outlet nozzle! Fortunately only grey water was involved so I was able to dump directly into the site catch-pan. Unfortunalely I've already thrown away the old hose so am stuck with limited "on-board" waste facilities. Is there a special Thetford dump hose for the 1991 motor home...or maybe an adaptor to change down to the smaller hose connector. OK sun is up over Grants Pass to time to get going
Chris
Sometimes stuff happens for a reason, Chris, without the belt issue, you would not have replaced the EGR valve prior to climbing those passes. And you would not have "discovered" the auxilary heater in the rear, which must help some with the managing the engine heat. I would not find 220 alarming in steep climbs.
Onward...
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Keep rolling Chris, the best times are all ahead of you! But at the same time, the "worst" moments and unexpected delays may one day be your fondest memories of your maiden voyage.
Having done a lot of motorcycle travel myself, I often look back at the times that I hid under an overpass to avoid the rain, or got drenched to the skin when I couldn't find one, as some of the best times I ever had.
Sunny blue skies are enjoyable, but confronting adversity and surviving it is unforgettable!
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Old 01-16-2015, 08:03 AM   #67
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To all you wonderful Streamers, thanks fora all the hints, suggestions and great encourage....so much appreciated!
Leaving Kingman AZ this morning bound for New Mexico about 350 miles. The 350LE seems to be getting stronger as she smells Texas...who could blame her!
Using the RV facilities until I can get the dump adaptor.nice hot showers!
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To all you wonderful Streamers, thanks fora all the hints, suggestions and great encourage....so much appreciated!
Leaving Kingman AZ this morning bound for New Mexico about 350 miles. The 350LE seems to be getting stronger as she smells Texas...who could blame her!
Using the RV facilities until I can get the dump adaptor.nice hot showers!
Chris
You are now starting to make good time. Your treasure knows there is warmer weather in Texas. Four more days, you should be home.

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Good news Chris, glad that things are rolling along nicely now. And that you are going to be able to drive on thru to your home in Austin.

You will so enjoy having your coach nearby once you get home with it.

Had I known your driving thru on 40 , I could havr driven up for a road side rondevue.

All the best on your continued trip!
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Great news!!! Should have mentioned I always plan a trip then multiply how long it will take by 3: 1 for actual travel, 1 for delays and 1 for learning mechanics ( break down time)

Keep the jib taunt and bring her on home!


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